Cadenza Strings was founded in 2004 by violinist Brenna Hardy-Kavanagh and cellist Sonya Matoussova. Though originally a quartet, the group soon expanded to offer duos, trios, and soloists. The musicians of Cadenza Strings are known throughout the Ottawa area for their talent, dedication, and high standard of playing, and have been finalists in the Canadian Music Competition and the Kiwanis Music Festival. They have studied at many highly acclaimed summer institutions, including Le Domaine Forget Summer Music Academy (St. Irenııe, Quııbec), the Orford Arts Centre (Magog, Quııbec), Morningside Music Bridge (Calgary, Alberta), the Banff Centre for the Arts (Banff, Alberta), Pinchas Zukermans Young Artists Program (Ottawa, Ontario), the Encore School for Strings (Cleveland, Ohio), the Schlern International Music Festival (Voels, Italy), ScotiaFest (Halifax, Nova Scotia), Tiberius International Chamber Music Festival (Targu Mures, Romania), l'Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne, and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. Most are alumni of the Ottawa Youth Orchestra, and are regularly involved in orchestral and chamber music all over Ottawa and Montreal.